Being a paediatrician can be a very rewarding career and brings in a larger pay check than most jobs. However, as with any career, there are pros and cons associated with being a paediatrician. The good news is that if you’re planning to attend medical school, you don’t have to decide what type of doctor you want to be until you finish your undergraduate education and complete four years of medical school. Medical school students decide what type of doctor they want to be when they apply to residency programs during their last year of medical school.
One of the pluses of being a paediatrician is the relatively normal work hours that come with the job. The majority of paediatricians work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, unlike some doctors who have to work night shifts. Paediatricians almost never have to work at night and if they do, it’s usually just answering a phone call from a concerned mother.
The median salary for paediatricians in the United States (as of February 2011) is £108,120, according to Salary.com. Although this may seem high, paediatricians earn less money than any other type of doctor. However, if a paediatrician decides to specialise, for example in cardiology or oncology, he can expect to earn over £130,000 a year or more.
Unlike surgeons or emergency room doctors, paediatricians have the option of working out of their home. Many paediatricians attach offices to their home which lets them stay close to their family while running their medical practice. This is particularly convenient because they don’t have to worry about commuting to work.
Working With Kids
For many doctors, working with kids is the best part of the job. If you love working kids, then a career as a paediatrician may be perfect for you. However, sometimes kids will be too sick to save, which can be depressing.
Long Patient History
Paediatricians get to follow children from the time they’re babies to when they’re 21 years old. Unlike other types of doctors, paediatricians have the opportunity to bond with patients and their families. Emergency room doctors work in shifts and almost never follow-up with patients.
Paediatricians have a relatively low-stress job compared to other types of doctors like surgeons and emergency room doctors. Some people prefer intense jobs, but if you’re looking for a low-stress job, then life as a paediatrician may be perfect for you.